Britain has been a pioneer in aviation technology, whether it is the development of the first military planes or it is the development of the first commercial planes, Britain has done it all. It has revolutionized the way we fight wars (albeit tragically so) and also the way we travel around the world.
The Royal Air Force is one of the most advanced air forces in the world if not the largest. It has a rich heritage beginning from the days when the first planes were built at the dawn of the 20th century and its legacy is paramount.
People from all around the world visit the famous Royal Air Force Museum in London every year in order to catch a glimpse of its unique history and also to get a feel of how the development of military aircraft technology has affected our day to day lives.
Development and progress in military technology can in no way be disconnected from the development of commercial technology; in fact all major commercial developments began as innovations in military pursuits. The Royal Air Force museum is a representation of these innovations and the human story behind these developments. People from all around the world contributed to the success of this great institution and have found their due place at the museum.
The exhibition currently on display at the Royal Air Force Museum in London is “Royal Air force in the First World War”. The exhibition includes many of the biplanes and preliminary fighter and bomber designs developed during the war. It also has a display of planning rooms, the ammunition used and a gallery containing actual photographs from the war. One could feel the thrill, the adrenaline and the same time anxiety and fear associated with being in a state of war.
The reading room has a beautiful collection of memoirs, photographs, speeches and interviews from all periods of history. The famous Churchill Address – “Battle of Britain” is also currently playing. My experience at the RAF museum was not only enriching but also an eye opener. Wars are not about machines and arms but about the human stories that play around these weapons of destruction.